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Jon Gruden on ‘mess’ brother Jay finds himself with Redskins: ‘I wish him luck’


ESPN NFL analyst Jon Gruden gave the Washington Redskins the benefit of the doubt during the broadcast of a Week 6 showdown against the Seattle Seahawks on “Monday Night Football,” appearing to hold back on excessive criticism regarding a team that is arguably the most dysfunctional team in the NFL.

Jon Gruden of course has a perceptible conflict of interest when it comes to the Redskins, as his brother Jay just so happens to be the team’s head coach.

But even with the familial connection, Gruden the NFL analyst cannot help but look at the inept Redskins organization and shake his head.

Simply stated, Jon Gruden said its imperative that the Redskins figure out the quarterback position, a source of constant controversy and the starting point of any discussion about regarding that went wrong with the team this season, which finds itself at 3-10 with seemingly no organizational direction.

“Well, there’s a lot of dynamics,” Jon Gruden said Thursday on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike,” via the New York Daily News. “The first dynamic is: Let’s find a quarterback that can play and help us win in this league. And that’s what their No. 1 objective is. You can’t really worry about feelings. I mean, this is not for that type of business. We’ve got to find 11 people that can block, catch, execute and make it happen in a winning fashion on game day.”

Jay Gruden has come under fire for his mismanagement of his quarterbacks, vacillating between Robert Griffin III and Colt McCoy in recent weeks before deciding to bench RG3 and go with McCoy. The Redskins coach hasn’t made it any easier on himself, publicly reprimanding Griffin after the quarterback appeared to criticize teammates following an ugly loss at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a misstep for which Gruden later issued an apology.

Jon Gruden, meanwhile — who came out in support of his brother’s decision to start Colt McCoy a few weeks ago instead of RG3 — said that the Redskins have to first figure out what the organization is doing at quarterback. Until then, dysfunction and ineptitude will be the prevailing characteristics of the struggling team.

“(Washington is) not there yet, and they need to find A.) who their quarterback is, and B.) a nucleus of players they can win with. And all that combined has made a mess in Washington. And you’re right, unfortunately my brother is in the middle of it, and I wish him luck.”

He’ll need it.

(photo credit: AP)